|Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 5):|
Lets face it, 99% of pax out there are clueless as to what to do in an emergency.
Yes, they're clueless to a lot of things, but quick to look for a place to point the finger when something goes awry as a result of their own cluelessness. SO MUCH of the traveling experience is affected by the travelER themselves;
-What are you wearing?
-Do you know the rules?
-Is your belt, jewelry, etc already off or were you standing in line on your phone checked out of the entire process?
-Are you listening to the announcements in the gate or on your phone, ipod, laptop?
-Have you used the LARGER and CLEANER restrooms provided by the airport prior to boarding?
-How much luggage do you have? Are you carrying a manageable amount or trying to bring as much as possible?
-Can you lift your luggage on your own? You packed it...
-Are you boarding when asked... it helps EVERYONE if you do.
-Are you STILL on your phone while looking for your seat, trying to take off your jecket, stowing your luggage?
-Does your bag fit? Can YOU lift it?
CABIN SECURING for PUSHBACK
-Have you actually listened to the FA
's making PA's?
-If so, have you stowed your hand-bags, turned off electronics, fastened seatbelts?
-If you're in an exit seat are you aware of it? If so, you do know there will be a briefing from a crewmember yes?
-If you're in a bulkhead seat have you looked at the placard in front of you asking that you not stow luggage at your feet?
I realize the airlines are FAR
from perfect, I spend more time on "the airlines" than most other human beings so I understand, but I also spend more time around more passengers than almost anyone else so I see that side too and a lot of things are well within our control... we just CHOOSE not to partake in them. Our society is checked out, turned off, not engaged. While the process of traveling can be stressful, there's a lot that I see people just ignore. People don't read rules, they don't prepare themselves, they don't ask questions, they don't LISTEN to anything that is said which create frustration when they're having to be asked again and again later to comply with someone that was already covered (for their benefit) 3 times earlier.
When I do ANYTHING in life I prepare myself. I know the restrictions, the rules, the process etc as much as I can because it's common sense and good judgement. I don't just show up and throw my arms up. THAT is what many travelers do.
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